In a shocking audio recording obtained by The Washington Post, former President Donald Trump can be heard boasting about possessing a classified document related to Iran. The recording, taken at a meeting in Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., serves as crucial evidence in the case against him.
The recording contradicts Trump’s claims of having declassified documents before leaving office and feigning ignorance about possessing restricted materials after his tenure. Trump can be heard describing a multi-page document on a potential attack on Iran, acknowledging his inability to declassify it now.
Facing 37 felony charges for mishandling classified documents, Trump recently stated in an interview that he was unaware of the Iran document found among the materials seized from his Mar-a-Lago club. However, prosecutors’ indictment outlines two instances where Trump disclosed sensitive papers without proper security clearance.
The audio recording, featured in the indictment, captures a meeting Trump held with staff members and individuals involved in a forthcoming book, reportedly authored by Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Trump claimed the document was an invasion plan for Iran, allegedly written by the Defense Department and General Mark A. Milley.
While military officials deny Milley ever recommended attacking Iran, it is known that the Pentagon prepares various military options in response to potential threats. The audio recording reveals Trump’s insistence on the document’s confidentiality and adds weight to the prosecution’s case.
The revelations in the recording directly contradict Trump’s recent interview with Fox News, where he denied referring to an actual document during the meeting in Bedminster.
The first pretrial conference for Trump’s case is scheduled for July 14, presided over by Judge Aileen M. Cannon.